21 April 2012 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
Banana pancakes again for breakfast this morning. Yum! Then we weighed anchor and left Cambridge Cay for Staniel. The wind had picked up a bit from last night and was blowing directly on our nose, so we had to motor the whole 12 to 15 nm. When we got out of the protected waters we hit about 2 foot chop on the nose, but all in all it wasn’t a bad ride. Greg did most of the navigation and steering. Once we got into Staniel, we motored by Steve and Deb’s cottage on the dock, but they weren’t around. So we went out to our usual spot, anchored and had lunch, then Charlie took Greg and Laura in to see the settlement of Staniel Cay and to make a grocery run. They made it back to the boat just before slack tide, so Greg and Charlie could go and snorkel Thunderball Grotto/Cave. Right after they got back to the boat, Laura saw Steve and Deb on their dock waving. Charlie had just finished his shower, so he and Greg dinghied over to say hello and check whether Deb had been able to arrange for us to stay at the dock. She did get permission, but it was going to cost us $1.75 a foot, so we opted to stay at anchor. The weather sources somewhat disagree as to the strength of the wind and the duration of the windy weather, but do agree that it will hit us this evening. The main problem is that if we get hit by a squall the winds could get up to 35 kts. Or better. To be on the safe side, we put out a second anchor. We all then dinghied into the Staniel Cay Yacht Club to meet Deb and Steve, then we went down to the Taste and Sea Restaurant for dinner. We heard them advertise on the VHF radio and they said they would open at 6:00. We arrived at 6:00 and the screened porch was open, but no one was there. But, after a short wait, the cook and waitress arrived, then a stream of customers. Naturally, there was quite a wait for the food to arrive, that’s the Bahamas, but it was all delicious. Deb and Steve had invited Joan Mann. I believe she said she was 86 years old and has lived on Staniel since 1964. She is an artist and paints. She had some interesting stories to tell about the island and the people who live there. When she first arrived on the island there were only 9 homes. Weather was overcast and windy all day. The wind building throughout the day. This evening we have lightening and thunder, but not real close. It did start raining before we got back to the boat. We are hoping that it doesn’t get any worse than this.